News & Articles

Crooks Grabbing Nonprofit Websites, Demanding Ransom

May 8, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Joy O’Neal, executive director of The Red Barn, received an unexpected telephone call from her brother early one April morning in 2015. He had been out with a friend and talking about the Leeds, Ala.- based organization, when they visited the website. It had been hacked and taken over by a terrorist sympathizer group.

Executive Order Relaxes Johnson Amendment Enforcement

May 4, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

An executive order (EO) signed by President Donald J. Trump this morning could welcome more overt political activity by charities and churches. It also appears to open the door for more litigation against his administration.

Report: Net On $100 In Giving Is Just $5

May 2, 2017       Paul Clolery      

SAN FRANCISCO — It appears that donors gave 3 percent more during 2016 than in 2015 but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Data from more than 10,000 nonprofits that collectively raised $9.1 billion during 2016 shows getting $100 cost $95.

U.S. Fundraising Up And Down At Same Time

May 1, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Three out of five (60 percent) American nonprofits saw an increase in receipts in 2016. While constituting a majority, the figure was down from 2015’s 65 percent and represented the lowest percentage of organizations since 2010.

Civil Rights Orgs Pan Trump’s First 100 Days

April 27, 2017       Andy Segedin      

“It’s been the worst of times and the best of times,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as he wrapped up the organization’s conference call discussing President Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days in office Thursday morning. The Dickens reference came after an opening 100 days that Romero described as “disastrous for human and civil rights and offers to have a devastating effect on real and ordinary people across the country.”

Initial Tax Proposal Leaves Charitable Deduction Alone

April 26, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The White House released a preliminary tax plan this afternoon that would double the standard deduction, keep the itemized deduction for charitable contributions and eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

Study: It Took 2,000 Emails To Get 1 Gift In 2016

April 25, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The nation’s nonprofits increased spending by 69 percent on digital advertising last year, with almost half of that was devoted to new donor acquisition as online and monthly revenue grew by double digits.

Donors vs. Feds: Executive Order Sparks Interest in Immigration Related Groups

April 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The American Immigration Council (AIC) used to get about 10 unsolicited donations through its website each month. Lately, it’s been more like 10 per day. “People are coming to us just to give. That’s their first engagement with us. It’s something we’ve never seen in the past,” said Megan Hess, development director.

Giving Days Get Cluttered So Charities Start Their Own

April 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving days don’t have to be huge, elaborate, all-encompassing events that drain the time and resources of your nonprofit staff. The biggest giving day of the year, #GivingTuesday, can suck up a lot of attention and effort but fundraisers can just as easily find themed days that match the organization’s mission.

Volunteer Time Value Pegged At $193 Billion

April 20, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The value of a volunteer hour was estimated to be $24.14 in 2016, up 2.5 percent from $23.56 the previous year. More than 63 million Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours, which would equate to about $193 billion based on that hourly value.